By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
At least the sum of N28,860,788.00 has been realised into the Federal Government’s purse by the Federal Operations Unit, Zone “A” of the Nigeria Customs Service in the last one month.
The Nigeria Customs Service. Federal Operations Unit. Zone “A” Lagos, says it has intercepted contrabands and other goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) put at N1,010,295,666.2, in the last one month.
Similarly, the sum of N28, 860,788.00 was recovered by the Unit within the period under review.
Making the disclosure Wednesday at a press briefing, the Comptroller Mohammed Uba disclosed that the N28,860,788.00 was recovered from underpayments by importers.
The Comptroller informed that 30 vehicles were among the seized items listing them to include 7 Toyota Hilux (2018 models), 3 Toyota Prado Jeep (2017), one Range Rover and One Ford Edge (2015 model).
He identified the other items as 5,516 bags of foreign parboiled rice, loaded in three trailers, 1,078 cartons of frozen poultry products, 216 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 173 bales of used clothing, 683 pieces of used tyres and eight sacks of Indian Hemp weighing 134kg.
Uba added that two containers with no: MSKU130295/2 and MRKU877714/0 were also seized for false declaration of goods worth over N25 million naira alone.
Further, the Comptroller said 14 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures.
Uba commended the officers and men of the Unit for living up to their statutory responsibilities in suppression of smuggling, blocking all revenue leakages and enhancing trade facilitation towards sustaining best international standard.
” We have remained unflinching with our mandates and no amount of detraction will deter us from performing our statutory duties.
We will continue to make this zone uncomfortable for smugglers to operate and urge every Nigerian to be patriotic and report any smuggling activities in their areas to the Service and any intelligence provided will be treated in confidence “, the Comptroller assured.
He however implored economic saboteurs as well as fraudulent importers to invest their resources towards legitimate trade and desist from engaging in smuggling activities.
Uba warned that the Customs Service and indeed the Unit will not renege on its statutory functions most especially in suppressing smuggling.